Steven Laitz

Steven Laitz

Professor of Music Theory

Chair, Music Theory Department

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Associate Professor Steven Laitz has served as a faculty member in Eastman’s Theory Department since 1989, and chaired the Department between 2001-2007.  Since 2002, he has served as an Affiliate Faculty Member in Eastman’s Chamber Music Department where he has offered courses including the String Quartets of Bartok, which he co-taught with the Ying Quartet.  Since 1998, Laitz has taught on the piano faculty at the Chautauqua Institution, where he lectures on analysis and performance issues and teaches piano.

Since 2008, Laitz has been invited to present lectures and presentations at institutions around the world, including:  the Juilliard School, St. Olaf College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Emory University, and SUNY Geneseo.  In 2009 he toured four Chinese conservatories as part of Eastman’s “China Connection,” including Xinghai Conservatory (Guangzhou), XiAn Conservatory, and China Conservatory and Ren-Min University (both in Beijing) where he lectured both on theory pedagogy and on analysis and performance.

Laitz has presented conference papers at national and regional meetings of the Society of Music Theory, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Honolulu Piano Teachers’ Association, and internationally, including the Australian Musicological Society.  From 2001 to the present he has been actively involved in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, first as a member of the Editorial Review Board, then, as Reviews Editor, and, since 2009, as Editor in Chief.

In 2003 Laitz published The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis and Listening for Oxford University Press, which is presently in its second edition.  In 2010 a Chinese translation of the Complete Musician will be published by the Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House.  His newest textbook, Graduate Review of Tonal Theory:  A Recasting of Common-Practice Harmony, Form, and Counterpoint (co-authored with Christopher Bartlette), appeared in 2009, also for Oxford University Press.  Laitz’ innovative web course “Music Theory Fundamentals in Four Weeks” was launched by the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership in 2009 and is available at the School’s website.